Where to watch Fox 2 News during the US Open and World Cup soccer

Teen told to wear “shame suit” for school dress code violation

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – A mother is accusing her daughter’s school of bullying. She says administrators forced her teen to wear a so-called “shame suit” after she violated the dress code.

According to WJXT, Miranda Larkin, 15, was wearing a skirt that was too short for school.   Oakleaf High School standards say the skirt should be at the knee or longer. She says a teacher sent her to the nurse’s office to change into over-sized red sweatpants and a neon yellow shirt.  Both have the words “dress code violation” on them. Larkin was mortified.

“I couldn’t stand the thought of people staring at me because I was wearing some insane outfit.” said Miranda Larkin. She broke out into hives and called her mom from the bathroom crying.

A spokesman for the school district says dress code violators have three options: An immediate in-school suspension, put on the “violation” clothes and go back to class, or have parents drop off proper clothing. The last option isn’t always presented to the students.

WJXT-TV reports that students and parents are reminded of the dress code in 5 different ways at the beginning of the school year. Miranda’s mother is seeking legal counsel and filing a complaint with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.